Friday, February 04, 2005

The Oracle

A Naxi sorcerer, originally uploaded by mutikonka.

This is the real thing. A man called Sungma Balung Choje was said to become possessed by a demon when he donned his ceremonial clothes. As monks chanted, he spat, graoned and shook as if in an epileptic fit, then shot off arrows to banish other demons.

A native of Zhongdian, I wonder what he would think of his hometown being renamed Shangri-La to attract tourists. Bet he didin't foresee that.

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